Melukat - Water Blessing ritual with High Priestess - Ida Resi AlIT
Born I Komang Wediantari, 30-year-old Ida’s rise to the apex of the Balinese priesthood is remarkable not just because of her age, but also because of her background. High priests—pedanda — typically come from the island’s Brahmin caste and endure years of intense training. Ida, however, was raised by a family of farmers, and it wasn’t until she struggled to find work after her studies that her grandfather, a village priest, guided her toward the spiritual realm instead. He introduced her to melukat, and later to chakra meditation and yoga. The practices struck a deep chord in her, sparking off a spiritual awakening marked by frequent out-of-body experiences.
During one of these profound spiritual episodes, Ida had an epiphany to undergo mediksa, a rigorous process by which high priests are chosen. Her family brushed this off, believing the calling was fit only for middle-aged men. But Ida says her revelation was so strong that she went through a death-like state, from which she awoke to a higher consciousness, able to perform mantras and the sacred hand movements called mudra.
This is an offsite trip that will take an hour drive from the resort. Staying true to the traditional approach, the sessions are conducted in front of other people and involve a number of different rituals and meditation.
Homa yajna – fire blessing ritual
Homa Yajna is a Balinese sacred healing fire ceremony originating from the ancient Vedic texts. It is a process of purifying unwanted beliefs, habits or thought patterns to be transformed into more positive energy. This fire healing ritual is known to be effective in helping one let go of unwanted aspects in their lives and similarly, bring in and manifest new intentions and new life.
The ritual begins with meditation in the fire space, while listening to the ceremony priests as he rings the Balinese Bell and chants Sanskrit mantras to evoke the Devine and blessings of health and abundance. Following the lighting of the fire, you are invited to participate by making the offerings of grains, lentils and other foods into the fire.